What Happens At A Pediatric Eye Exam?
After making sure your child is at ease, Dr. McCulley or Dr. Motacek will proceed with the eye exam. A series of tests will evaluate their depth perception, color vision, eye muscles, and whether or not they need glasses (visual acuity).
What Conditions Are You Checking For?
Strabismus (Crossed Eyes)
A muscle condition called strabismus, commonly known as crossed eyes, can result in eyes that are not properly aligned.
Strabismus usually develops in infants and very young children. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that strabismus will go away on its own. It may get worse without treatment or lead to amblyopia (lazy eye).
Amblyopia (Lazy Eye)
If the brain and eyes aren’t communicating properly, amblyopia, commonly known as lazy eye, might occur. It usually develops before the age of 6. Symptoms are not always obvious, but if you notice your child squinting, tilting their head regularly, or shutting one eye, they need a comprehensive eye exam.
If amblyopia isn’t detected early, treatment can take longer and might be less effective.